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5 Steps to a Goodwill Holiday Card Display

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It’s the holiday season and with that comes lots of greeting cards from friends and family.  As they started coming in this year, I realized I needed a new way to display them instead of adding them to my already busy refrigerator.

Supplies:

  • 3-4 varying size picture frames
  • Glue
  • Spray paint
  • String or ribbon
  • close pins
  • Command Strips

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Step 1:

Visit your local Goodwill and find a set of 3-4 frames ranging from small to large.
I used 4 frames to create my Christmas tree with the smallest acting as a tree stump. I utilized the color of the week to save money for this project. Yellow tags were 50% off, making my total $10 and I rounded up for Goodwill Mission.

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Step 2:

Remove the glass and/or pictures from frames. I used Gorilla Glue to glue the wood frames together but you can use whichever glue you prefer. Clamp frames together and let set the recommended amount of time.

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Step 3:

Now that your frames are securely glued together, spray paint your frames your desired color. My kitchen is mostly blue and white, so I thought a white tree would look best. You can be as creative as you want with this step. Maybe you want to paint it red or multicolored to match the multicolor lights on your tree. You could also go traditional with a hunter green for the tree and brown for the tree stump. 

Note: If you use multiple colors you would want to spray paint the frames first then glue them together.

Step 4:

Once your paint has dried, add a string that you can pin holiday cards to. I chose to attach my string in a zig-zag pattern to add some interest and mimic the ribbon on a Christmas tree. I already had this string on hand and thought it would pair well with my white tree. Again, feel free to be as creative as you would like on this step or keep it simple.

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Step 5:

Use your Command Strips to hang your picture frame Christmas tree and clothespins to attach your holiday cards. Voila! You now have a festive way to showcase all your holiday cards. 

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DIY Christmas Wreath

Hello everybody! It’s that time of year again when family is all together, children are giddy with excitement for Christmas morning, and your wallet is eternally empty. According to study, the average American usually spends upwards of 600$ every year on not only gifts but also decorations for the house. Well, I’m here with the help of Goodwill to save you those extra dollars without sacrificing the holiday spirit of your home!

Turning sweaters into wreaths has become a new obsession for me. They are cheap, unique, and easy to make for literally any holiday. The main part of this tutorial is how to cut and wrap your wreath, because once you have the base of your wreath made, your imagination can run wild with how you want to decorate it. I used items that I had around my house and you can do the same!

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Main supplies needed:

1)      Sweater in a color you want for the wreath

2)      Straw wreath (mine is a 16in from Michaels)

3)      Fabric scissors

4)      Glue gun with LOTS of sticks

Decorating Supplies I used:

1)      Goodwill festive table cloth I have used for other projects

2)      Dollar Tree Christmas flowers

3)      Ribbon (not shown)

In total this project cost me under 10$ - The biggest expense being the wreath which was about 6$ of the budget. The sweater only cost me a buck because I went on a Sunday and searched the rack for the colored tag of the day. One thing to look for when you are choosing a sweater is to make sure it isn’t a cropped style sweater and that the knitting isn’t extremely loose. You need enough material to cover an entire wreath, so the larger the sweater, the better.

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Step 1:

The first thing you are going to want to do is deconstruct your sweater. Cut up the side seems, remove the sleeves, and cut across the shoulder seems. This will make working with the sweater so much easier and also make your cuts a lot more even. If you have a sweater that is similar in size to the one I used, you can set aside the sleeves, I had just enough material that I did not need to use them.

PRO TIP: If you can avoid cutting your sweater on carpet, please do. I still have red fluffy pieces all over the floor of my craft room.

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Step 2:

Next, cut your sweater into 2-3 inch strips. This is NOT an exact science, you don’t need a ruler, just your eyeball estimation. You want to cut the sweater length wise and not across the knits.  Some pieces will be longer than others, and that is completely fine. At this time, cut off any of the rough looking hems or tags.

Step 3:

Go ahead now and grab your wreath. It is more than likely covered in plastic wrap, and I actually keep it that way. Call me crazy but I feel like it minimizes those straw pieces from poking out and making a mess. What I do though to help with the integrity of the wreath is just tear a couple holes in the back of the plastic that I’ll use throughout the project to glue the sweater strips to. That way I am not only gluing to the plastic wrap but also to the wreath itself.

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Before we move onto step 4, I want to make a few key points to help with the gluing portion of this project. There is a designated back side to the project. All gluing will be done on one side. Also, please note the RIGHT and WRONG side of the fabric strips. Be sure to stay consistent with which side you are using, because even though they look similar, the stitching is different. If you make a mistake on one of the strips, it isn’t a lost cause, but I do try and be consistent.

Step 4:

Starting with one of the holes you ripped into the plastic on the BACK of the wreath, squeeze a generous amount of glue onto the wreath with your glue gun and stick your first fabric strip to it.

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Step 5:

Wrap your fabric strip snuggly around your wreath form, making sure to end the wrap in the BACK. Add another generous portion of glue and stick it into place.

Step 6:

Glue the next piece of fabric where the other ended and repeat steps 4 and 5 until you have made it all the way around your wreath form.

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Here is what the finished product should look like on the front and the back. I always go around and clean up any of those pesky hot glue gun spider webs that seem to be everywhere when you do a project like this.

Now it is time to decorate!! I’m going to show you what I did, but like I said in the beginning, you can let your creative side shine and do whatever you please. Just to give you a little inspiration, here’s a few ideas:

- Wrap your wreath with beads

- Get a battery powered string of Christmas lights

- Create felt flowers and glue them around your project.

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To make this project as user friendly as possible, I decided not to use my sewing machine to make this bow, but if you have one, go ahead and bust that baby out because I find that to be a lot easier than the ‘no-sew’ way.

Step 1:

Use a piece of computer paper or construction paper as a pattern and cut your fabric into a 8.5” by 11” rectangle.

Step 2:

I HATE raw edges, so to get rid of them, use fabric glue or your hot glue gun to fold in the edges to the wrong side of your fabric.

Step 3:

Fold the fabric ‘hamburger style’ so that the wrong side of the fabric is together, then glue down all 3 sides. You should now have a rectangle of fabric.

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Step 4:

Cut a piece of ribbon about an inch and a half long and set it aside

Step 5:

Accordion fold your rectangle so that it takes on the shape of a bow

Step 6:

Wrap your ribbon around the center of the bow to hold the accordion fold in place and glue to the designated back side of the bow, cutting off any excess ribbon.

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Step 7:

The tails to this bow were an afterthought and are completely optional. I just thought it added a little extra flair to the bow and since the table cloth I used had a cute ruffle bottom, it was easy to do. I simply cut two pieces of fabric in a triangle shape, using the existing hems to my advantage.

Step 8:

Fold the triangle cuts into a cone shape and glue the seam closed. Then glue them to the back of your bow.

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Step 9:

Take your Christmas flowers and pop them off of the stems. This is the reason dollar store flowers work the best, because they require 0 effort to remove. Many of the more expensive flowers from Michaels or Jo-Ann’s require wire snippers and do not glue to projects well.

Step 10:

Arrange your bow and flowers in any position your like and glue them into place!

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The last step of course is to enjoy your brand new wreath!

Thrifted Holiday Decor

Here’s a little secret about thrift shopping at Goodwill that many people don’t realize….the stores have a HUGE inventory of Christmas trees, wreaths, linens and décor.

Seasonal items are oftentimes items that people choose to donate, especially when families are looking to downsize their homes. As a result, there is a great variety and volume of Christmas items to find at each and every Goodwill store.

Thrift shopping for holiday décor is easy and inexpensive. Here are a few go-to Goodwill items and ideas this Christmas season:

BULBS, BULBS, BULBS

Christmas bulbs are readily available in the Christmas section of most Goodwill stores. Why buy new? Instead, you can purchase two or three times MORE bulbs at Goodwill than a new goods store. Bulbs have endless uses for decorating and crafts at the holidays.

Fill any glass container with your Goodwill finds. Follow a consistent color scheme or mix and match bulbs.

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Tie bulbs together to make a dramatic garland or table runner.

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Credit: Livingly

Or, if you are feeling crafty, break out the glue gun and begin on a bulb wreath for your front door or wall décor this Christmas.

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ARTIFICIAL TREES

Maybe you are on the hunt for a new artificial tree, or maybe you are considering putting up more than just one tree this year. The price of new artificial trees is a little overwhelming with prices ranging from $200-$2,000.

Goodwill has a large selection of new and donated artificial Christmas trees. Goodwill prices are typically 50-90% less than traditional retailers. During a recent visit to the Jackson Township Goodwill store in Canton, we spotted several 9’ trees, more than ten 7.5’ trees, most of which were still in their box, brand new, along with oodles of small decorative trees.

Still not convinced? Here are two of the Christmas trees I have purchased from Goodwill.

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The white tree was a brand new 7.5’ pre-lit tree for only $20. And, the 8’ unlit pencil tree was a great quality donated item, just perfect for an open corner in our kitchen and only $30.  

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HOLIDAY BOOK BASKET

Baskets and books are items that can be found in great supply at Goodwill stores, especially around the holidays. Pick out a festive bin or basket that you could display at the holidays, then stop by the book aisle to find children’s Christmas books. This will quickly become a favorite tradition for kids or grandkids.

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DIY WALL ART

Make your own wall art this holiday with three easy steps. Find inexpensive frames at Goodwill that you can spray paint with festive colors. Then find free printable Christmas art online to print and insert in those upcycled frames. For less than $5, you can create a gallery wall.

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Credit: Kaleidoscope Living

Free Printable Christmas 2

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UPCYCLE SWEATERS

For a more advanced crafter, we have moved beyond the traditional Christmas department at Goodwill and discovered new ways to use clothing as part of our décor. Scour the aisles of the sweater department during your next Goodwill shopping trip. Find a cozy sweater and cut out a shape of a Christmas stocking. Sew along the edges, leaving the top open for Santa to fill with goodies.

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Credit: Imperfect Homemaking

4 Go-To Tips for Shopping the Goodwill Racks

1. Make a mood board or inspiration board reflecting your style.

The colors and aesthetic you choose will help narrow your search.

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2. If you’re not having much luck in your department, search in the others!

Smaller sizes can fit in larger boy’s clothes, or for over-sized clothing hunt in the men’s

section. For something satiny or drapier, check out the pjs for satin/silk tops, slips, etc.

3. Don’t be afraid of customizing if you can’t find just the right thing!

Being short, I cut my jeans or crop oversized shirts to keep from looking too big.

4. Search for pieces that you can wear multiple ways!

Flannels are a perfect example of this! You can make so many different outfits from just

one shirt. (And you can combine two tips and search in the men’s for some cozy

oversized flannels)

 

Here are some of the pieces I picked up using these tips!

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I grabbed this charcoal turtleneck and tan jacket from the Route 62 Goodwill in Canton and threw on a pair of jeans to go with it! It’s super cozy and definitely fits the aesthetic I set up in my mood board! This is the best part about making a board for inspiration- you know exactly what colors and prints to go for. This is especially helpful if you are limited on time but still want to squeeze in a thrifting trip!

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This outfit is the perfect fall color scheme and it’s even more perfect because it’s all thrifted! I picked up this speckled sweater from the Goodwill in Jackson and paired it with a quirky rust-colored corduroy pant. I like these pieces together so much, it might even be my Thanksgiving outfit!

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This last outfit is drawn from my last tip of shopping in other departments. I got this flannel from the men’s section at the West Tuscarawas Goodwill. It’s super easy to style and make oversized clothes work, especially in the colder weather. I paired it with a plain white tee and a black denim jacket. My pleather leggings are from the Jackson Goodwill, and they add a fun little edge to the outfit! 

Shopping the racks of Goodwill can be intimidating, but if you go in with a game plan it is easier to focus on what you actually want in your wardrobe! It’s definitely not necessary to use all of these tips, but they’re great to keep in mind next time you’re in a bind. It’s crazy how much time you can save when you’re not wandering aimlessly (though that’s fun, too!) Holidays are a crazy shopping time and just time in general for everyone, so minimize the time shopping! Who knows, you may even find some gifts when you pop in!

Drive to Victory 2019

Last week wrapped up Goodwill’s second year of Drive to Victory. This friendly competition challenged schools to donate the most goods to Goodwill Industries the week leading up to a rival football game. This competition is powered by The Repository, FridayNightOhio.com and iHeartMedia and sponsored by the Canton Regional Chamber and Stark Educational Service Centerfor the northern schools. Southern schools were powered by WTOV and sponsored by Trinity Health Systems.

All Sponsor LogoOver the past seven weeks, twenty-two local schools have competed off the field for a chance to win a scholarship for their school. Their combined efforts have brought in 69,770 lbs. of donations the equivalent of FIVE African bush elephants if you were wondering.

Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland and East Central Ohio operates a network of 23 retail stores where donated goods are sold. Funds from those stores support a wide network of community programs including employment training for people with disabilities and other barriers to employments, family strengthening programs for those in crisis and rape crisis services for victims of sexual assault in our community. Last year alone, Goodwill supported more than 14,000 individuals through its outreach programs. 

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Carrollton Schools were able to use the scholarship to benefit Jacob Baker a community member who has a disability of his own. After a car accident that paralyzed Jacob from the waist down, he began to look for other outlets to keep him active. His high school track team turned out to be just the ticket. Jacob qualified with the fasted time in the state of Ohio for the 100-meter Wheelchair Dash last season. Carrollton’s Drive to Victory Scholarship along with the support of their community helped raise money for a new racing wheelchair for Jacob to compete this season. 

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Competitors

 

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Donations

Sponsor

Canton South  Northwest 7,988 ESC/Canton Chamber
 McKinley  North Canton 4,691 ESC/Canton Chamber
Steubenville Big Red Dover 7,581 Trinity Health Systems
Jackson Glenoak 3,380 ESC/Canton Chamber
Carrollton Central Catholic 10,580 ESC/Canton Chamber
Tusc Central Catholic  East Canton  4,084 ESC/Canton Chamber
Lake  Perry 6,323 ESC/Canton Chamber
Massillon* Louisville 14,036 ESC/Canton Chamber
Steubenville Catholic Central Madonna 5,878 Trinity Health Systems
Brooke  Weir High 2,796  Trinity Health Systems
Alliance  Marlington 2,433  ESC/Canton Chamber

*Massillon had the most donations overall at 9,483 lbs. (All donations are listed in pounds.)

Graveyard Pudding

The Halloween season is upon us and with that comes lots of Halloween get togethers. It’s always fun creating themed treats that kids and adults alike will enjoy. This year, I decided to put a spooky fall twist on one of my favorite desserts, dirt pudding. 

When I saw Milano cookies decorated as tombstones on Pinterest, it reminded me of how much you can do to make dirt pudding more on theme. Like adding candy worms for a summer cookout or toy shovels/trucks for a childs birthday party. 

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I wanted these treats to feel a little more high-end without a high-end price tag. Making the pudding as individual sized options instead of one big batch of pudding was the first step. This option feels more formal and is a great way to portion out the right amount for guests. As I didn’t have small matching glasses already, I headed straight to Goodwill.

Glasses

Shopping the North Canton Goodwill, I found a set of four glasses for $4 (but were the half price color of the week), a set of 6 for $2, and 2 glasses each .50¢ all the perfect size. I liked that they were all different shapes and sizes as it added the kooky feel I was going for. Plus, the different sizes allow guest to choose the portion size that best suits them.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk
  • 1 (15 oz) can pumpkin puree (1 3/4 cup)
  • 1 (5 oz) box instant vanilla pudding
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 an 8 oz container cool whip
  • 1 package oreos, crushed
  • 4 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • 8 Milano cookies
  • Handful chocolate chips

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INSTRUCTIONS

For the pudding:

  1. Combine evaporated milk, pumpkin puree, and pudding in a bowl, and beat with an electric mixer until mixture is smooth and well combined, approximately 2 minutes. Refrigerate for 5 minutes then stir in cinnamon and the cool whip. Refrigerate mixture until ready to serve.
  2. In a bowl, combine crushed Oreos and melted butter. Set aside.

For the tombstone cookies:

  1. Line the Milano cookies up on a baking sheet or wax paper.
  2. Melt the chocolate in the microwave then place it in a plastic bag. Cut a tiny hole in the corner of the plastic bag then push the chocolate to the corner.
  3. Use the melted chocolate to write out RIP on the top of each of the cookies. Allow to dry.
  4. To serve, layer Oreos in the bottom of the glasses. Spoon pudding to about 3/4 of the way full then finish with another layer of Oreos. Stake the Milano cookies in the pudding mixture, with the RIP on top. **This will serve different amounts depending on how big your glasses are. This will be enough for 8 juice size glasses or 4 large drinking glasses.

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Because all the glasses are different sizes, this recipe could make a varied number of servings. I was able to create 10 individual cups which is perfect for my get together. While I was at Goodwill, I also picked up some spider web décor for $1 and some super cute Halloween pins for $2 to dress up the dessert table. All together I spent $8 to create this spooky and fun vibe that all my guests loved.

Family Halloween Costumes

Is there anything cuter than family Halloween costumes? Okay, maybe family jammies at Christmas. But when it comes to Halloween, I think it becomes even more fun when you have kids.

If youʼre anything like me though, you hate to pay $40-$50 per family member for a Halloween costume. So if youʼre looking for a one stop Halloween shop that is not going to cost you a fortune, I highly recommend checking out your local Goodwill. Goodwill has it all when it comes to Halloween; costumes for all ages, makeup, decor, and even pet costumes!

Last year, my family went as 101 Dalmatians characters. My husbandʼs hat and coat both came from Goodwill. The hat cost $3 and the coat was $10. I also found my fur coat from Goodwill which was only $15! All three costumes were under $40!!

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This Halloween, my husband and son are hunters and I am a little (pregnant) deer! This was the easiest family costume to pull off. My husband is already an avid hunter with plenty of hunting gear and my son had a camo t-shirt and a toy bow and arrow to add to his costume. This was a guaranteed win for our family.

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I found my fur vest at the Jackson Township Goodwill for only $6 and my sonʼs camouflage pants for $3! The rest of our outfits we had laying around our closets. And just like that we have Halloween costumes for under $10! Thank you, Goodwill!!

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If you and your family will be creating a group costume, here are a couple of tips to help you out.

1. Choosing a Theme

Deciding a group costume can be difficult, pick something the whole family will be excited about (including dad!). As my husband already loves hunting and my son wants to be just like dad they were both on board with this idea. Plus, my son will love driving his mini jeep from house to house.

2. Plan Ahead

Give yourself plenty of time to see what works and what doesn't. Also, plenty of time to thrift shop! You may not find everything you need in one trip. The sales floor is constantly changing, you'd be surprised what you'll find if you stop back a couple of days later.

3. Get Creative with Materials

Buying accessories to match your character can get expensive fast. Instead look for materials to recreate items yourself.  For my deer costume, I made my own head band using items found around the house and saved our family $20!

I hope these family costume ideas and tips inspire your family as well. And help you save some extra money while giving back to the community this Halloween!

Be sure to share your finished looks on Instagram by tagging @goodwillgoodskills and #GoodwillHaunting.

Thrift Tips for Halloween

If you are not typically a thrift shopper throughout the year, this is the season to change your ways and consider shopping at thrift stores like Goodwill for your Halloween needs.

Americans spend a terrifying amount on Halloween each year; typically $169 to $183 per person. Costumes represent 42% of that annual investment.

For those that have shopped one of the big box Halloween shops, this high price tag is no surprise. Kids costumes typically start at $30 or more and adult costumes can be $50 or more.

Thrift stores like Goodwill offer a less expensive, environmentally friendly and community supportive option for trick or treaters.

QUICK FACTS:

  • Goodwill boasts prices 50-90% off retail prices including Halloween costumes
  • Purchases made at local Goodwill stores support a network of outreach programs that helped more than 14,000 local residents last year
  • More than 12.8 million pounds were diverted from are landfills by local Goodwill stores

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All year, Goodwill stores in the Cleveland area have been collecting Halloween costumes and apparel so they can now unveil their Halloween BOO-tique for shoppers.

On a recent visit to a Cleveland area Goodwill store, there were hundreds of costumes to choose from, most priced at a fraction of the pop-up Halloween mega-stores. Sorted by theme, the Goodwill racks were overflowing with both new and used costumes, makeup and décor.

Go in with an open mind.

Although thrift stores like Goodwill offer a wide variety of costume options, keep an open mind when you are searching for your Halloween get-up. Each store has thousands of individual and unique items. Products change daily. Actually, most stores have products changing by the hour, so if you don’t find exactly what you are looking for on your first visit, stop back and you will be pleasantly surprised by the turnover of product.

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Ask for help/ideas

Most thrift stores like Goodwill have staff ready to assist you with ideas and even willing to scour the racks to help you complete your perfect Halloween costume. Found a pink dress, but not sure what to turn it into? Ask! Staff are willing to find you a tiara for the perfect princess costume or even offer suggestions of how you can zombi-fy the dress for a spookier option.

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Consider using elements from your own wardrobe

New and used products at stores like Goodwill will be far less expensive than large retailers, but you can save even more on your costume by using elements from your own closet. Use a little black dress from your work wardrobe and pair with pearls, sunglasses and gloves from Goodwill to make a Breakfast at Tiffany’s inspired Hepburn look. An old pair of overalls? Purchase a flannel shirt and straw hat to become a farmer or scarecrow. Bow tie? Score a pair of plaid pants, thick glasses and a pocket protector at Goodwill for the perfect nerd costume.

Make it a family affair

Thrift stores cater to adults, children and even pets. For the price of just one packaged costume from large retailers, most families can dress the whole gang at a thrift store. With lower prices and wide variety, parents can allow the little ones to be creative and choose their own costumes at thrift stores. And, yes, even the pets won’t be left out. During a visit to a local Goodwill, there was a selection of more than 20 different pet costumes all priced less than $15.

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Think thrift after Halloween

Once Halloween is over and you have devoured one too many Reese’s cups, do something good for the community by donating back any costumes you no longer want or need. Thrift stores like Goodwill depend on donations of Halloween costumes, clothing and other household goods to keep their shelves and racks stocked year round.

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Happy haunting this Halloween and happy shopping, hopefully at local thrift stores where you and your entire family can find good prices, help support the environment and help support community programs.

 

Creative Halloween Costumes

Halloween has transformed from a one-night event into an entire month celebration, and I am HERE for it! I secretly have had my house decorated since late August because I am literally obsessed with all things autumn. My house smells like pumpkins, leaves, and apples, and nearly every surface on my first floor is covered in orange and black. So if you’re anything like me, you’ve already got your Halloween costume planned, crafted, and ready to party in… But if you’re like most, and a Halloween costume is a last-minute ordeal for you, I am here to help!

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Goodwill is like the golden ticket to finding your Halloween costume. Gone should be the days of going out and buying a packaged costume for 40+ dollars when there is literally racks upon racks upon racks of hidden gems waiting to be transformed for a fraction of that cost while also supporting an organization that does so much for our community.

There are some costumes you can create with absolute certainty you’ll find a huge selection of options. Dressing in an era such as the ’80s and ’90s or dressing as a grandma or grandpa are two of the easiest. Another super easy way to shop at Goodwill for a costume is to simply look at the Halloween racks! The North Olmsted location, for example, had so many ready to wear used costumes that it takes the stress out of scouring the entire store for what you’re looking for. But if you’re looking to put together something a little more unique, I have some tips for that too.

Mary Katherine Gallagher - Superstar

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My go-to costume ideas are always either referencing pop culture or creating a throwback. Not only do I make myself laugh with them but my friends, family and coworkers usually get a kick out of them too. The biggest word of advice I can give is to have multiple ideas. I usually go in with at least 5 ideas and a small breakdown of what I need for each outfit for it to be successful. The picture above is a costume that I put together two years ago that was a combination of thrifted and already owned pieces and I had an idea of what I was looking for when I went into Goodwill.

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Miss. Trunchbull from the film Matilda was my inspiration last year. In order for this outfit to come together, I was looking for a large brown belt and gray/navy baggy pants when I went into Goodwill. The other two items I would have needed, I already had at home (a plain gray sweatshirt for me to craft the ‘1972 Olympics’ onto, and a pair of chunky work boots). The finished result cost me less than 10$ and was ridiculously easy for me to shop for. I found what I was looking for in only a few minutes.

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So this year for Halloween I came up with 4 ideas I would have been happy with and broke down what I would have needed for each. You have to go in with the mindset that not every idea is going to work out, so I usually throw in an idea that I’m guaranteed. For the sake of this post, I was actually able to find TWO of my costumes and I’m excited to share them with you now!

The first being everyone’s favorite diner owner: Luke Danes

Luke Danes - Gilmore Girls

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This was my guaranteed easy costume. I only needed two items for this costume to work and I knew Goodwill would have a plethora of options. The first was a plain T-Shirt for me to craft onto. The second was a men’s flannel. I used a pair of jeans that I already owned as well as a baseball cap from my closet. This costume cost me only 5$ for BOTH the flannel and gray T, and about 20 minutes of my time creating and ironing on the logo. I used my circuit machine to create Luke’s coffee cup symbol but you can buy iron-on transfer paper from Walmart for 4$ and you’ll achieve a very similar look.

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The second costume I found was everyone’s favorite paper salesman: Dwight Schrute

Dwight Schrute - The Office 

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I’m honestly pretty pumped over how this costume turned out and also for only 5$. I went in looking for a yellow men’s short sleeve button up and was pretty shocked when I found one in a size that didn’t look like a garbage bag on me. I also needed a tie, which goodwill has a huge selection of, so I was able to find mine for only a dollar using the colored tag of the day. I really had my fingers crossed I could find a pair of brown business pants in my size but struck out and had to use a pair of my colored jeans. The glasses are actually what gave me the idea for this costume because they are my husband’s old pair that we’ve been hanging onto for years. I knew being a hoarder would pay off one day.

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I really hope these tips and costumes inspirations have helped spark an idea for your Halloween costume this year! If you know your costume will be easy to find, be sure to search for the colored tag of the week/day so that you can save even more money, and please share your finished looks on Instagram by tagging @goodwillgoodskills and #GoodwillHaunting  – I’d really love to see what you all come up with!

Fall Harvest Home Decor

I’m so excited to share my Fall thrifted home! Summer has rained itself over in Ohio. The buzz for back to school shopping has passed and our sunsets are ending early.

Bring on the cool air, hot cocoa and s’mores.
Snag the white pumpkins or (white paint to repaint orange pumpkins), mums, sweater blankets and candles.

The first of September, I transition to fall cozy features in the home, so it can last a good three months into November (before it’s time to switch over to Christmas).
I focus on three main areas for this transition...

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1. The front door is your first impression.

I’ve added the Dollar Tree clip on leaves for Autumn to my thrifted eucalyptus wreath. (It can transition to any season!)

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Oversized thrifted reclaimed wood pumpkin for the front porch. With just some accents to your wreath and a little pumpkin on your porch, your front door is speaking fall!

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2. The Living room, with emphasis on the fireplace mantel.

This year, I have added soft gold touches, white pumpkins and soft green lambs ears for foliage. 

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I found the Smith & Hawken wreath and the Threshold gold flower pot at my local New Philadelphia Goodwill store. The wreath pulls with the gold tones in the stone fireplace, while the gold pots add an elegant shimmer. 

Fall 5

I added some Fall Mums to the Threshold chenille woven basket from Goodwill. 

Fall 6

All mantel decor, coffee table vignette, chandelier and bench are thrifted and repurposed pieces. 

Fall 7

Fall gourd spray painted gold metallic, picture frame as is, Smith & Hawken wreath and a damaged Kirkland’s artwork found at Goodwill that was touched up with paint. 

Fall 8

3. The coffee/hot cocoa station recieve fall vibes too.

This is my favorite area to dress up for the kids. All decor items at the top and magnolia wreath are thrifted naturistic items.

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Did you know Goodwill also sells UTZ and Lays snacks for easy holiday party planning? 

Fall 11

Lastly, think outside the box for your themes. Spray paint will forever be your #1 secret.

Fall 12

 

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